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Oshawa has a population of over 140,000 and lies 60 km east of downtown Toronto, and is part of Durham Region which has 560,000 residents living along Toronto's eastern edge. Oshawa sits on Highway 401 connecting Toronto to Quebec and the Maritimes, and is the doorway to Ontario's Kawartha Lakes cottage country.

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This area has recently become urbanized and has a number of communities in close succession, travelling east from Toronto are Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Uxbridge. These communities are both "bedroom communities" for Toronto and manufacturing centers in their own right. East of Oshawa are Bowmanville. , Port Hope, Cobourg, Trenton and Belleville. Just south of Trenton and Belleville is the Prince Edward County, a tourist mecca also becoming famous for its vineyards.

To the north, in the Kawartha Lakes region, which forms the backbone of the Trent-Severn waterway are the communities of Scugog-Lindsay and Peterborough. These communities are both manufacturing centres, regional shopping clusters and doorways to nearby recreational cottage country. In between these communities is farmland prized for its access to Toronto markets and area highways.

Old heritage house in Oshawa

The area began to be settled by European immigrants after the American Revolution, when many British loyalists were granted land in Upper Canada along the shores of Lake Ontario. Later immigration of Irish followed by relocated French Canadians was supported by early industrialization.

By 1853, the Port of Oshawa was established, followed shortly by the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway connecting Toronto and Montreal. In 1858, the Oshawa Manufacturing Company grew into the largest producer of agricultural implements in Canada, followed in 1876 by McLaughlin's carriage works, which grew into todays' General Motors of Canada. The area developed into a significant industrial region during World War II, and has never looked back.

When the 401 and the St Lawrence Seaway were built in the 1950s and 1960s, market access let to further economic growth. More recently the addition of GO Train enabled these communities to be affordable bedroom communities for those working in downtown Toronto.

Away from Lake Ontario, along the recreational Trent-Severn Canal, lies a large "cottage country" region, which encompasses Lake Scugog, Rice Lake, and the Kawartha Lakes. Homes along or close to waterways and lakes have high recreational value to nearby city dwellers. Harwood-Apartments in Ajax

Today the Oshawa-Durham region has lots of variety in employment, with both blue collar and white collar options, and has excellent access to public and post-secondary education in the community.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsHoliday Pines Park

Holiday Pines Resort features a tranquil setting on well-maintained grounds with wonderful facilities to compliment the large, lush lots for your park model/ trailer. A relaxing atmosphere, quiet at midnight. 7 mins to grocery store

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsHilton Garden Inn - Ajax

Unwind and refresh at Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Ajax hotel, located in Ajax near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Neighboring Ajax Convention Center, this hotel is close to Highway 401, just 35 miles from Toronto International Airport.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsElim Lodge

Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsBell Haven Park

Bell Haven Park & Resort is a quiet family-friendly resort offering cottage (mobile home), trailer, and cabin rentals, along with seasonal & overnight camping. Pigeon Lake waterfront. Fully serviced sites, hydro and water sites

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsBeaver Narrows

Beaver Narrows is an ideal vacation destination! From May to October, the resort offers private and spacious full service overnight voyageur and seasonal sites, as well as RV cottage rentals to meet all your vacation needs.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsSimcoe Shores Golf & Country Club

check out our great golf course, wit its many challenging holes

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsCFB Trenton: Roundel Glen Golf Course

check out our great golf course, wit its many challenging holes

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsKillarney Lodge

Killarney Lodge situated in Algonquin Park offers spacious and beautifully decorated private pine cabins which are a perfect back drop to your Ontario vacation.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsWellington On The Lake Golf Course

Located 20 minutes from Sandbanks Provincial Park in the village of Wellington, this golf course is an interesting mix of links style golf holes exposed to the breezes off Lake Ontario and contrasting, mature tree-lined fairways.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsPine Crest Golf Club Ltd

Started by the Dixon family in 1925, Pine Crest Golf & Country Club is now run by Bob and Janet Dixon, third generation owners who took over from their father, Wes, in 1983. The current layout was developed by Wes in the late 1960's and Bob

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